Lightfield named Father of the Year
My Dad 
By: Leann Lightfield 
"A father holds his daughter's hand for a short while, but he holds her heart forever." The author of this quote is unknown, but I think that we can all agree that the wisdom contained in the short sentence speaks volumes. All family relationships are important and valuable, but there is something very unique about the bond between a father and his daughter. I know that a large part of my success is due to the fact that I have been blessed with an amazing dad. No matter where life takes me, or what problems I experience, I can always count on my dad to support me and give me wise advice. 
One of my most favorite attributes of my dad is his sense of humor. Whether itís very appropriate to the situation or not, his jokes and comments are guaranteed to bring laughter to any nearby audience. Even when all seems dire, he always says something to lighten the situation. 
He is also incredibly strong, and not just physically. Although he can hammer a metal fence post into the ground in about five seconds, what really impresses me is how mentally strong he is. He has a lot of responsibilities, and tons of work that needs done all of the time. I don't think 1 would even be able to manage all of the things he does in just one day. Farming is incredibly stressful, but it does not seem as ifhe lets it affect him. He always walks in the door with a smile on his face, saying hello to everybody and asking us how our day was. My dad is very confident in himself, and I really want to be like him someday. 
It often amazes me at how smart he is. He jokes about doing poorly in school, and having issues with technology. Yet he knows pretty much everything there is to know about fixing any kind of machinery. The pickup I was driving broke down in Lewiston one time, and he drove up after I called him. It turned out his employee installed the drive shaft incorrectly, but my dad was able to fix it and he drove the pickup all the way home. I have learned a lot about the basic workings of engines from working in the shop with my dad, and that is very valuable knowledge to me. He is also very resourceful, and often finds very creative but good ways to fix problems. And not only is he an expert in the field of mechanics, he also knows all sorts of information related to farming like crop management and soil health. In addition, he always has great advice about any problems in general. I can always count on my dad to make me feel better and give me guidance whenever I am stressed, worried, or fighting with someone.
The most important lesson my dad has taught me is the importance of hard work. I think he is the hardest worker I have ever met. He once said "All these guys who complain about their 40 hour work week confuse me. What do they do after Tuesday?". I admire him for everything he does to put food on the table and a roof over our heads. I am so proud of him for following his dream of building up the farm and acquiring more ground. 
All these reasons and many more I did not mention are proof that my dad is beyond amazing. I would never want anyone else to be my father. Although I will soon graduate and leave home, I will always know that I have my dad's love, support, and timeless advice to count on. I am eternally grateful to everything he does for our family, and I can only hope to be as wonderful as he is someday. I love you, Dad. 
: Leann Lightfield 
"A father holds his daughter's hand for a short while, but he holds her heart forever." The author of this quote is unknown, but I think that we can all agree that the wisdom contained in the short sentence speaks volumes. All family relationships are important and valuable, but there is something very unique about the bond between a father and his daughter. I know that a large part of my success is due to the fact that I have been blessed with an amazing dad. No matter where life takes me, or what problems I experience, I can always count on my dad to support me and give me wise advice. 
One of my most favorite attributes of my dad is his sense of humor. Whether itís very appropriate to the situation or not, his jokes and comments are guaranteed to bring laughter to any nearby audience. Even when all seems dire, he always says something to lighten the situation. 
He is also incredibly strong, and not just physically. Although he can hammer a metal fence post into the ground in about five seconds, what really impresses me is how mentally strong he is. He has a lot of responsibilities, and tons of work that needs done all of the time. I don't think 1 would even be able to manage all of the things he does in just one day. Farming is incredibly stressful, but it does not seem as ifhe lets it affect him. He always walks in the door with a smile on his face, saying hello to everybody and asking us how our day was. My dad is very confident in himself, and I really want to be like him someday. 
It often amazes me at how smart he is. He jokes about doing poorly in school, and having issues with technology. Yet he knows pretty much everything there is to know about fixing any kind of machinery. The pickup I was driving broke down in Lewiston one time, and he drove up after I called him. It turned out his employee installed the drive shaft incorrectly, but my dad was able to fix it and he drove the pickup all the way home. I have learned a lot about the basic workings of engines from working in the shop with my dad, and that is very valuable knowledge to me. He is also very resourceful, and often finds very creative but good ways to fix problems. And not only is he an expert in the field of mechanics, he also knows all sorts of information related to farming like crop management and soil health. In addition, he always has great advice about any problems in general. I can always count on my dad to make me feel better and give me guidance whenever I am stressed, worried, or fighting with someone.
The most important lesson my dad has taught me is the importance of hard work. I think he is the hardest worker I have ever met. He once said "All these guys who complain about their 40 hour work week confuse me. What do they do after tuesday?". I admire him for everything he does to put food on the table and a roof over our heads. I am so proud of him for following his dream of building up the farm and acquiring more ground. 
All these reasons and many more I did not mention are proof that my dad is beyond amazing. I would never want anyone else to be my father. Although I will soon graduate and leave home, I will always know that I have my dad's love, support, and timeless advice to count on. I am eternally grateful to everything he does for our family, and I can only hope to be as wonderful as he is someday. I love you, Dad. 

Leann Lightfield with her father Ron, who was named Father of the Year at Daddy Date Night. Photo submitted by Cara Uhlenkott.

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